Never-ending ‘to-do’ lists, Christmas shopping bazaars, constant watch for promotions and discount fairs, heavy shopping bags, lighter wallet, end-of-school Christmas parties, Christmas drinks, tired feet, sleepless nights – yes we are only about two weeks away from Christmas!
Sometimes I wonder if it’s all worth the effort and the stress, sometimes I wish we were going to a remote island instead of going back home for Christmas. I was up last night until 2 am sorting the mad chaos of shopping and doing what I am really terrible at – gift wrapping! I am almost ready to reveal the magic of the ‘real’ Santa – the one that does all the hard work behind the scenes, hunting for presents, hiding the presents, hiding the special Santa gift wrap, writing their names with my left-hand so that they don’t get suspicious and giving the surprised look every Christmas morning, year after year, Phew! It’s getting harder and harder each year as they are getting smarter and smarter. Sometimes I think they already know but are keeping up with the farce just to keep me happy!
A few more days to go before this madness ends, before I would be sitting snug under a cozy blanket, on that plane heading home, with a glass of wine in my hand, watching a Hindi drama on screen. It won’t be long before I meet my family and hand out the presents to those hands who have raised me, embrace those who have always put my needs before theirs, give a cuddle to the little monsters in the family that are multiplying by the dozen and watch their eyes open wide as they open Santa’s presents. Hmmm, maybe I can keep up with the farce a little bit longer. Endure a bit more retail therapy. It is certainly worth it!